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Top hospitals have 27 percent lower mortality, annual HealthGrades study finds
Date:1/30/2008

s for Clinical Excellence in the following procedures and diagnoses: cardiac surgery, angioplasty and stent, heart attack, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, community-acquired pneumonia, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal bleed, pancreatitis, diabetic acidosis and coma, pulmonary embolism and sepsis.

  • For those same procedures and diagnoses, Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical excellence improved at a greater rate than other hospitals, lowering inhospital risk-adjusted mortality rates over the years 2004, 2005 and 2006 by an average 15 percent.

  • Medicare patients had, on average, a five percent lower risk of inhospital post-operative complications at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence for diagnoses and procedures that include orthopedic and neurosurgery, vascular surgery, prostate surgery and gall bladder surgery.

  • For those same procedures and diagnoses, Distinguished Hospitals reduced inhospital post-surgical complication rates by 2.35 percent from 2004 to 2006, more than twice as much improvement as all other hospitals.

HealthGrades acknowledges the tremendous commitment of the select group of hospitals that have achieved consistent, high-quality care, not just in one or two specialties, but across the board, from orthopedic surgery to cardiac care, said Samantha Collier, MD, HealthGrades chief medical officer. However, the data in this years study clearly indicates that the gap between top-performing hospitals and others persists. This disparity in the quality of care at U.S. hospitals is disappointing. Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence have proven that consistently delivering top-notch medical care is possible and it is time for the rest to follow suit.

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Contact: Scott Shapiro
sshapiro@healthgrades.com
720-963-6584
HealthGrades
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